Government Relations Committee

BDPA-DC seeks members interested in establishing and maintaining the Chapter’s federal, state, and local legislative agendas for the Washington, D.C. BDPA Chapter.

Topics may include the District of Columbia’s school reorganization efforts, Maryland’s plan to tax Computer Services, and infrastructure funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions (HBCU/MIs.)

Proposed congressional earmarks for government fiscal year 2008 (GFY-08) have been posted to the Chapter’s Welcome Centre Files & Media section for your review.

Discover new spending trends and possible career/contracting opportunities, especially if appropriation bill(s) become law.

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MARYLAND – Tax Reform Act of 2007
The State of Maryland recently enacted legislation to expand Maryland’s 6 percent sales tax to Computer Services. The new law takes effect in FY09, which begins July 1, 2008. This expansion applies to a list of services, including:
  • Computer facilities management and operation
  • Custom programming.
  • Computer system planning and design that integrate computer hardware, software, and communication. technologies.
  • Computer disaster recovery.
  • Data processing, storage and recovery.
  • Hardware or software installation, maintenance, and repair.
    To view enacted language, BDPA-DC has uploaded the bill’s summary and enacted language in the chapter’s Member Welcome Centre, Files & Media zone.
    What impact on Maryland companies consuming computer services will this new law have? From hardware and software installation and management to web design, if your organization purchases computer services, your organization likely will be subject to the new 6 percent sales tax effective July 1, 2008.
    The Chapter has received emails and inquiries about our position(s) on this matter. Let us know what you think. Or better yet, join us next week during BDPA’s Regional Holiday Mixer to “Talk About IT.”

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